The primary audiences for this textbook are all students of English, ESL, and writing classes. The audience includes students within other disciplines where a particular major requires a writing component. The graduate student of English (graduate TA) is also a primary audience member.

The next audience levels include writing tutors, writing centers, and writing instructors. On this same level, high school students enrolled in advanced placement English, composition, and writing classes also represent an audience for this book.

The third and last audiences for this book are professors and scholars who compile similar glossaries, literary anthologies, and writing handbooks and related textbooks.

In all cases, the academic community, as a whole, represents the major audience. The business community might not have much use for such a glossary, unless business members are educational publishers who are writers of policy and procedure manuals and university guides. In addition, it is highly unlikely, but not farfetched, that the community-at-large will read this glossary and use it as a reference guide for their papers, unless they are in school pursuing continuing education. Students and professionals who primarily write academic and scholarly papers are the ones who will read this glossary.

Therefore, when you write an essay, consider who will read your paper, why and for what reason. Consider and evaluate the information you plan to present in the paper to determine if it is vitally necessary to include. Although the primary audience of your papers will be the professor, don’t always assume that this audience member knows all there is to know about your subject.

You can never go overboard in supplying detail and specifics to a paragraph, but you can lose your reader if the gaps in your paper cause confusion in the reader’s mind. It is possible to add detail and elaborate on an example without adding a flood of plot summary. Provide appropriate transitions between paragraphs that entail supplying to the reader sufficient information to warrant further reading of your paper. Know your audience. This will determine the kind of information you will need in your paper.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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